Record-breaking investment from Ford

Kentucky has landed the single largest economic development project in its history, a $5.8 billion investment by Ford Motor Corp. and South Korea-based SK Innovation to build two battery manufacturing plants in Glendale in Hardin County. The plants are expected to employ 5,000 people. The project will not only put Kentucky at the forefront of automotive industry innovation but will also transform the state’s economy, says Gov. Andy Beshear.

DARPA challenge at Louisville Mega Cavern 

Eight teams featuring dozens of robots from more than 30 institutions converged at the Louisville Mega Cavern on Sept. 21 to 24 to participate in a series of complex underground scenarios. The goal was to demonstrate cutting-edge robotic autonomy capabilities and compete for the chance to win $2 million. The event was sponsored by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA).

NASA visits UofL robotics research facility

While in town for the DARPA event at the Louisville Mega Cavern, a team from NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) collaborated with robotics researchers at the Speed School’s new Louisville Automation & Robotics Research Institute (LARRI) facility. For more information about LARRI, see our interview with Dr. Dan Popa.

LHCC plans $50 million fund

The Louisville Healthcare CEO Council (LHCC), a coalition of the highest-profile health care leaders in the city, has announced plans to raise a $50 million fund meant to pull entrepreneurs in the aging care space to our area and raise the city’s profile as a source of innovation.

MHS debuts palletizing robot

At Pack Expo 2021 in Las Vegas, Material Handling Systems (MHS) demonstrated a robotic palletizing solution developed in collaboration with Mujin, a specialist in advanced motion planning for industrial robot arms. The palletizing robot can handle four different SKUs of the same case size simultaneously, picking cases individually from the source conveyor and stacking them onto one of four pallet destinations at a rate of 120 cases per hour with more than 99.95% accuracy.

Louisville Metro Government wins award

Louisville Metro Government earned second place in the Center for Digital Government’s fifth annual national Government Experience Awards. Louisville was recognized for its exceptional work in helping citizens and businesses navigate government info. online during a pandemic, including developing and maintaining a comprehensive COVID-19 resource center and dashboard.